TLDR Version: The “entrepreneur-in-residence” program I participated in at Impact Hub Seattle ended this month. I received first-hand experience learning what makes a coworking space an ideal work environment and learned more about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. This entry is also part of my “daily writing exercise” and “publish something” initiative.” Feedback welcome! Work is changing; its form is no longer confined…
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After two years of helping empower some of the world’s leading nongovernmental organizations (NGO) with technology to change the world, I’m shifting gears in 2016 to search for new opportunities. The choice not to renew my contract was a tough one but after doing a bit of soul searching and asking myself a few tough questions about my client’s business, I determined the time was right…
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In a world of perfection often perpetuated by social media and digital culture, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that everyone else’s life is perfect and the film of your life you’ve been making is mostly bloopers. Over the years, I’ve come to realize this idea is pure fiction. Life in general is mostly bloopers. That final film you see is often carefully…
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From smartphones to internet news, our modern world is filled with distractions which suck time. While it’s easy to blame technology for the sorry state of modern human attention, one could argue it’s only amplifying human intention and seeking to create more leisure time we all crave. While I’d like to say I’m a shinning example of productivity all of the time, I freely admit technology and…
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Winter is starting to trail off in Seattle and spring is beginning to show its colors. The sun is rising earlier each day, ice is melting from Northwest hiking trails, and the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington are starting to bloom. Spring is almost officially here in Seattle! Personally I am starting to feel some of the winter grey associated with Seattle winters melt…
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When working on a project it’s easy to get caught up in the fine details. Is the writing crisp? Is the photo right? Did we anticipate every possible thing that could go wrong? While it’s important to strive for the best, it’s also equally as important to not let the fine details hold back the final product. “What’s your minimal viable product (MVP)? Start there and…
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The start of fall is here and so is my personal end of year (EOY). A lot has changed since I turned 25 but overall it’s been a good. I learned a lot, made new friends, and invested heavily in a number of “personal infrastructure” projects. I’m using this post to pause and reflect on my 25th year. Check back next week for an EOY post…
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  Quick and simple post. I’m… Reading: Getting Real American Savage On Writing Well Watching: North America Felt Does Someone Have to Go Dragon Ball Z Youtube Clips Playing: Pokémon Black 2 Sim City Learning: More effective ways to workout Direct communication techniques  Dreaming of: A vacation to Barcelona Financial stability Working on: Marx Foods social media support Goodwill digital communication projects Snapping more pictures A…
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As a Northwesterner raised by a Midwesterner and Southerner, coffee was a foreign substance in my household.  In its place was pop – a drink often rationed by my siblings and I. Coffee didn’t enter my life in a meaningful way until I returned to Seattle in 2007 for college at the University of Washington.   After years of drinking pop out of a fridge or…
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